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Cybergroup Assists National Public Radio (NPR) with dtSearch Implementation for Custom Field Delivery System

“NPR needed an internal search engine and an in-the-field article delivery system to serve their many field journalists all over the world.”
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“We of course built the solution around dtSearch, as it is the most powerful search engine out there.”
National Public Radio (www.npr.org) is a not-for-profit membership organization serving a growing audience of 25+ million Americans each week in partnership with hundreds of independently operated, noncommercial public radio stations.  For assistance with their dtSearch Engine implementation, NPR turned to Cybergroup:  “NPR needed an internal search engine and an in-the-field article delivery system to serve their many field journalists all over the world.  We of course built the solution around dtSearch, as it is the most powerful search engine out there.”

To achieve its implementation, Cybergroup relied on some of its own pre-developed dtSearch Engine add-on components, as well as providing custom programming specific to NPR’s needs.  Cybergroup’s first step was a custom integration of dtSearch Engine indexing and searching functionality with NPR's internal SQL database.  For this, Cybergroup used its dbIndexer and dbConnector components to integrate the dtSearch Engine with SQL database tables and associated file data.

For customizing search results, Cybergroup deployed yet another pre-developed component called xSearchResults:  “This is our .NET control designed with the primary emphasis of providing simplicity for dtSearch / .NET programmers, as they create search results presentations.”

But NPR's needs also included a specialized custom delivery system.  “In addition to the need for a sophisticated internal search, NPR also had unique requirements on the results delivery end,” states Cybergroup.  “Field journalists typically have limited access to Internet connections and web browsers, so we had to fashion a web service that delivered the retrieved articles and other information, including to satellite phones.”

Founded in 1994, Cybergroup, Inc. is a leading provider of Internet / Intranet technology solutions that enhance communications and commerce between organizations and their customers, suppliers, and other constituencies.  The company provides a comprehensive range of Internet and Intranet Web site solutions and services, with a primary focus on Web to database integration.  Technology services include integration between Internet and legacy systems, and the development and implementation of e-commerce systems to enable online sales, support and communication.

For more information on Cybergroup’s dtSearch add-on application and custom development services, please call Cybergroup at  443-341-9705 x500, email info@cybergroup.com, or visit the company online at www.cybergroup.com.
 
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